Held at the All England Club in London, the Wimbledon is the third major tournament of a calendar year. The championships are the only Grand Slam tournament to be still held on grass court; which had given lawn tennis its original name.
While technology and revisions in the game brought about wide changes to the game in other tournament, Wimbledon continues to be a comparatively unscathed format.
Pete Sampras was arguably the best player that grass court has seen. He won 7 titles on grass which is the most by any player in the history of the Wimbledon Open Era. The Wimbledon was an indication of Sampras' dominance in the 1990s, who won each Grand Slam multiple times except the French Open which eluded the American.
Widely touted as the best player the game has ever seen, Roger Federer made the Championships his facourite en route to winning 5 consecutive titles from 2003-2007 equalling Bjorn Borg's record. He has won 6 titles in all, with Andy Roddick being his favourite prey, who has seen 3 Wimbledon finals slip out of his hand, courtesy the Swiss.
Like the French Open, Bjorn Borg enjoyed a spell of flawless action at the Wimbledon. He won 5 consecutive titles, a feat matched only by Roger Federer 27 years later. Four of his victories came against American opponents, including John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors who ensured that his throne was never a comfortable one.
Rod Laver, the man who witnessed the beginning of the Open era for the Wimbledon was the first man to win the championships. He had already won two championships in the pre-open era of the Championships and ended up winning two in the Open era as well defeating his countrymen Tony Roche and John Newcombe in successive tournaments in 1968 and 1969.
The 1985 edition was the 9th consecutive tournament in which at least one American had booked a place in the final two, but Boris Becker was taking nothing of that as he beat Kevin Curren to deny him his maiden Grand Slam title. The German then went on to win titles in 1986 and 1989 before losing out in 1990, 1991 and 1995 in the finals. In all Becker reached 7 finals and winning 3 of them.
They say comebacks are the true test of an athlete's character and John McEnroe was certainly one of the strongest competitors that the Wimbledon ever saw. The 1981 final was a repeat of the previous edition which saw a compelling 5-setter seal McEnroe's fate. But the American fought back and ended Bjorn Borg's dominance at the grass court championships. Borg never saw a Wimbledon final after that.
Probably the bookmakers favourite at the Wimbledon because of the see-saw battles in the 1970 and 1971 finals, John Newcombe clinched the Wimbledon title in grueling 5-set encounters. His two triumphs had come after losing out to Rod Laver in the 1969 final.
Jimmy Connors was one of the most consistent players at the Wimbledon, reaching 6 finals in his career. The American however, ran into greats like Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe who won multiple titles at the Wimbledon, allowing Connors to win just two titles in 1974 and 1982.
Rafael Nadal got his first taste of success against World No. 1 Roger Federer at the young age of 17 but it took him another 5 years to beat the Swiss in his own den. After losing out to Federer in the 2006 and 2007 editions, the Spaniard defeated the World No. 1 in a gripping 5-setter in a rain-hit 2008 final. The Spaniard won the title again in 2010.
Goran Ivaniševic reached the Wimbledon final four times, but only won it once. The statistic which makes him one of the most popular players at the Championships was the fact that when Ivaniševic entered the successful campaign of 2001, he was ranked 125 and his nomination had come in through a wildcard. Till date, he remains the only wildcard entry to win a Grand Slam tournament.